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by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cameras and salt water
Replies: 22
Views: 2436

Re: Cameras and salt water

Hi Grian I use a number of different cameras and unfortunately the more expensive magnesium bodied ones are most likely to be damaged by salt water on your hands and spray in the air. I use a microfibre cloth to dry my hands before I take the camera out of its bag. On a day trip I probably get throu...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Register your EPIRB
Replies: 18
Views: 1537

Re: Register your EPIRB

Hi Ron just heard about this from a coastguard friend. Apparently the EPIRB's position was quickly found to be in the marina but it took some time to find out which of the many boats it was in because it was not registered. I am certainly not binning my PLB yet!

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patterns on loch's surface
Replies: 11
Views: 1114

Re: Patterns on loch's surface

Jim> and I'm told fish shoaling can create a surface pattern too, but I can't claim to have ever identified such a phenomenon Hi Jim back in the sixties the seas used to boil with shoals of mackerel quite commonly though nowadays it is rare. Last year we were traversing the Corryvreckan west to east...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 4294

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Phil the history of "EPIRBs" is long and complex and in the past not all EPIRBs broadcast an analogue 121.5Mhz signal. Indeed not all of them broadcast a digital 406Mhz signal either. There was at least one rival system to the current system which used the IMMARSAT satellites. This is still used ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 4294

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Ian/Jim I never thought of that (different regs applying to different ships, even in the same fleet) but for those that do not know, the MV Caledonian Isles is the Arran ferry and yes it does carry a mixture of private and commercial vehicles including fuel tankers. This also might be why the car...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 4294

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Rick, You have made some great points in defence of flares. I guess I am just playing Devil's Advocate. As I said above, I am out on a limb. Perceived wisdom is that leaders/professionals should carry flares, there is a terrible inertia to change within organisations such as BC. I am lucky I just...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 4294

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Rick, Unlike flares, the satellite technology is improving all the time and by the end of 2018 the MEOSAR satellite system (that initiated in 2016) should be fully operational and this will greatly speed the transmission of both the emergency alert and your position even in gullies. Prior to the ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 4294

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Chris at a demo day a few years ago I asked one of the sea king pilots at RN Gannet how important smoke would be in a rescue. His answer was "Not that important but nice to have if you have a flare. The unpredictable wind rescuing people in mountains causes much more problems for the pilot and fe...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 4294

Re: Carrying flares

That was the Moelfre RNLI that rescued that kayaker and yes indeed it was an orange smoke flare that alerted the public. Personally if I had no flares and no PLB I would put my money into a PLB first. A flare burns for a very short period of time and unless you are close to someone on the shore or a...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 2056

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Thanks Rog I actually posted here the other night but the edit timed out and I lost all the post, photos and all. The total portage in the Crinan Canal is about 3.5km including the Ardrishaig portage up past lock 4 and the portage past the locks at the Cairnbaan section. The portage from West Loch T...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Surfing in Sydney
Replies: 7
Views: 1054

Re: Kayak Surfing in Sydney

Hi Mark and Rob, thank you for posting this great antidote to a very cold northern winter. I love the location and those new Audax boats look like they handle great :o)

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tendinitis - advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1949

Re: Tendinitis - advice?

Richb> However, it leaves me wondering how much less regular but especially awkward motions cause or aggravate the condition compared to very repetitive motions? A very good point Rich, I have had to stop using screwdrivers, even electric screwdrivers, as a few screws are now enough to bring on a re...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suggestions for P&H Skeg slider replacement in Scorpio?^
Replies: 20
Views: 5386

Re: Suggestions for P&H Skeg slider replacement in Scorpio?^

Hi John: http://www.phseakayaks.com/skegSystem.php The trickiest bit was actually welding plastic across the original hole for the skeg cord before drilling a new hole. I have since replaced another Mk1 slider with a Mk2 slider in a friend's Delphin. This time I just enlarged the original hole and m...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3985

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Greetings Steve and thank you for graciously correcting me. It was indeed the Lettmann Ergonom Pro Sea Tour that I tested and did not like. I am not normally prone to making mistakes like this, my only excuse is I am not very well at the moment. So sincere apologies to Lettmann. Previously I did not...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 4352

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

I fear that in doing away with stars, BC has caused us to reassess the name of our little group, the "Dark Skies Paddlers"... Dark Skies... no stars. The other day, group member David who has been paddling since the 1950's and still managed 140km over 3 full days back in May said "Why on earth would...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tendinitis - advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1949

Re: Tendinitis - advice?

Hi Jonathan, you should avoid exercise, massages hot baths and heat packs of/on the affected area only in the first few days after an acute exacerbation. If you follow the 6 points (ice is better than heat) for the first few days then they are great afterwards.

Douglas :o)
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tendinitis - advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1949

Re: Tendinitis - advice?

Hi Jonathan, you have my sympathy. I wish you well. I have suffered tendonitis for over 30 years and as John has suggested above, I had an underlying problem which was only recently diagnosed...haemochromatosis. Too much iron in my body was being deposited in tendons and tendon sheaths causing irrit...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3985

Re: Paddle recommendations?

As a general principle, beware of people who say their type of paddle/boat/hat/skeg is the best. They are much like those that say their religion is best. They can't all be right and that will inevitably lead to disappointment. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1513845353839-0223.png...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buoyancy & Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 850

Re: Buoyancy & Handling

Hi McGruff, sea kayaking does not really lend itself to doing it by numbers, there are too many variables in design of the hull, physical characteristics of the paddler, sea and weather condition. Finding the right boat it is much more a seat of the pants thing. It is much better to just go out and ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buoyancy & Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 850

Re: Buoyancy & Handling

Yes to the above and also a smaller volume boat will often be easier to manoeuvre on both flat water and in wind and waves so don’t be in a rush to buy a big volume expedition boat. Windsurfing nearly died because beginners were directed towards long high volume boards. They have a much easier time ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend Me - Thermal Undersuit
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: Recommend Me - Thermal Undersuit

Ps that was sea water which froze, not fresh!
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend Me - Thermal Undersuit
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: Recommend Me - Thermal Undersuit

Hi Northern I I only wear it under a dry suit so no need to be a two piece and it is less bulky round your middle as there is no need for an overlap. It is also easier to have a pee wearing the dry suit as it has a full length front zip that opens top or bottom. Sometimes the two piece might separat...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3985

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Thank you Jonathan, it was a 9m spring tide day back in early summer down on the Solway. The wind was against the tide round the outside of the Islands of Fleet and it was a lot of fun. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1513808032063-2567.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/upl...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3985

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Steve The question is are you worthy of the best paddle on the planet? Hi Steve I have a very different view, just in case someone is tempted by your words to order one without trying it, may I express my opinion? I got a cranked Ergonom Pro Sea paddle to test for a magazine. After 3 months persisti...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend Me - Thermal Undersuit
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: Recommend Me - Thermal Undersuit

I am not a fitness paddler so in really cold weather... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1513799438069-6213.png ...I like a bit of insulation to keep warm. I really like the FourthElement Arctic suit. It is available as a one piece or a two piece. I have both and prefer the one piec...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today
Replies: 33
Views: 2546

Re: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today

Hi Ken, That is definitely not right. The one's I have seen/paddled have a similar range of slider movement but the skeg comes down so its leading edge makes an angle of about 45 degrees to the hull behind it. My gut reaction is to take it back to the retailer since it was supplied like this. It is ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today
Replies: 33
Views: 2546

Re: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today

Ken, PM sent. Hi LardPaddler my advice would be to only buy a boat you have actually paddled, fit is very, very important. In the past I have recommended a Norkapp LV, a Cetus MV and a Taran 16 to paddlers who lived far from dealers. Two didn't fit their ordered boats and the third was lucky, he man...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today
Replies: 33
Views: 2546

Re: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today

Hi Ken, who was it who emailed? I first saw a Scorpio HV with a skeg rather than a skudder on a paddling trip with Mathew Wikinson from P&H in September 2016. I noticed straight away that the slider only moved over half the track but that the skeg went through the full range of movement. Mathew conf...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today
Replies: 33
Views: 2546

Re: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today

Hi Northern, the skeg only version of the Scorpio only uses half the track. The Skudder version uses the whole length of the track. The blue line will not stretch, it is made from a version of dyneema. All sizes of the Scorpio paddle very well without a skeg so I would be very surprised if your skeg...